Labour’s leadership process involves the members – democracy in all its participatory, messy glory. The Nats prefer to do things the old fashioned way – smoke filled rooms, their members content to be dictated to. Speaking of leadership, Key is clearly grooming Bennett for succession:
Prime Minister John Key is not expected to detail National’s post-election reshuffle until later his week. He has already previewed one change, however, telling RNZ that Paula Bennett will move from social development to a finance role.
“We have a lot of faith in Paula, we think she’s has a pretty bright future with the party, and she’s keen to, I think, widen out her cabinet experience and demonstrate she’s got skills in other areas,” the PM-elect said. … Ms Bennett is increasingly seen as a future leader by party insiders.
Prime Minister John Key has praised Paula Bennett as “a big asset” for National, but will not go as far as tipping her to succeed him. … Asked at a press conference today if she could lead National one day, Mr Key said “I hope so”, before adding that there were many contenders.
That muffled shrieking sound you hear in the background is just Judith Collins expressing her full support. Pay it no mind.